In the background, to the right, is a windmill overlooking a body of water. Swynnerton may have taken inspiration from a legend linked to a local landmark, a windmill that once overlooked the banks of the river Irwell at Peel Park, Salford. The windmill was the meeting place of a son of the local landowning Stanley family and a miller’s daughter. Separated by social conventions, the lovers took their own lives … With thanks to Danny Morrell’s unpublished research on the windmill and legend.” (Text from notice by painting while on loan to Manchester Art Gallery, Feb 2018 to Jan 2019.)


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